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Offense Benefits From 3-4 Defense

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 17, 2011 – 4:00 pm

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As teams in the league move more and move to base 3-4 defenses, the Redskins offense has benefited from seeing it everyday in practice.

After going up against the Giants 4-3 scheme last week, head coach Mike Shanahan said his offense was more comfortable going up against the Cardinals 3-4 this week.

“Any time you go against a 3-4 team, you go all the way through your reps in practice and that helps,” he said. :It’s just the opposite when you play a four-man front. It always helps when you’re going against the type of defense that you’re seeing on a daily basis.”

That unfamiliarity could have contributed to some breakdowns in run and pass blocking last week.

Tomorrow will tell if those issues have been resolved.

Check out the full Shanahan presser below:


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3 Responses to “Offense Benefits From 3-4 Defense”

  1. By david on Sep 17, 2011 | Reply

    Speaking of 3-4s, London Fletcher shines in them. Last year he led all NFL linebackers in +EPA/G (expected points added per game), a stat that combines all good things a defender can do (kind of like QB rating does for QBs). London’s 4.53 +EPA/G was better than Ray Lewis (3.65), Clay Matthews (3.62), Brian Urlacher (3.56), and every other linebacker. James Harrison was second best (4.43). His three previous years with the Skins London’s +EPA/G was still well above average, but noticeably lower than last year hovering at around 3.0.
    -David
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  2. By david on Sep 17, 2011 | Reply

    oops, should have said that I mentioned London’s lower +EPA/G the three years before last one because the Skins payed a 4-3 those years. London seems to do even better in a 3-4. So far this year he is off to a good start, posting a 4.0 +EPA/G last week. To put this in context, elite linebackers achieve around 4.0, average linebackers about 2.5, and bad linebackers about 1.0.
    -David

  3. By me on Sep 17, 2011 | Reply

    Interesting. I thought there was a lot of concern last year that London was undersized for a 3-4 linebacker. That his skills were better used in the 4-3 with deep coverage often (even heard term tossed out “coverage linebacker”).

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